£1.2m to help heat homes

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been awarded £1.27 million of Scottish government funds to improve the energy efficiency of older, hard-to-treat properties that are owned or privately rented.

Funds are being targeted at the areas that need it most, including: whole-street projects where properties are of a specific construction; Dumfries Housing Renewal Area (HRA) Queen Street, Friars Vennel, Brewery Street and areas surrounding the HRA; central Stranraer; Springbells Road in Annan; households in the bottom 15% in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation postcodes; householders in Dumfries and Galloway who meet the Affordable Warmth criteria; rural households defined as off the mains-gas network and in council tax band A or B.

The scheme will operate a “whole house approach” with wall insulation as the primary measure. Qualifying households, of a typical three-bedroom semi-detached size or smaller, can expect to receive free solid wall insulation where appropriate and could save £490 a year on heating bills.

If you want to know whether you qualify, visit www.energyagency.org.uk or call the Scottish government Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282.